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Capital Punishment in the United States, 1973-1987

Version
v1
Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
Creator
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Capital Punishment in the United States Series
Publication Date
1989-09-26
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Language
English
Free Keywords
capital punishment; commuted sentences; criminal histories; death row inmates; demographic characteristics; executions; felony offenses; prison inmates; sentencing; states (USA)
Description
  • Abstract

    This data collection provides annual data on prisoners under a sentence of death and on prisoners whose sentences were commuted or vacated. The data furnish basic sociodemographic classifications including age, sex, race and ethnicity, marital status at time of imprisonment, level of education, and state and region of incarceration. Criminal history information includes prior felony convictions, prior convictions for criminal homicide, and legal status at the time of the capital offense. Additional information is provided on those inmates removed from death row by yearend 1986, inmates receiving a second capital punishment sentence in 1987, and inmates who were executed.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Standardized missing values.; Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1973 / 1987
    Time period: 1973--1987
  • Collection date: 1987
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All persons in the United States under sentence of death between 1973 and 1987.
Collection Mode
  • (1) Information in this dataset collected prior to 1972 is in many cases incomplete and reflects vestiges in the reporting process. (2) Users should note that Part 1, the Combined File contains duplicate identification numbers due to changes in the status of some inmates. These identification numbers were assigned by the Bureau of the Census and have no purpose outside this dataset.

Note
2008-11-12 Minor changes have been made to the metadata.2008-10-30 All parts have been moved to restricted access and are available only using the restricted access procedures.2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.1997-05-30 SAS data definition statements are now available for this collection, and the SPSS data definition statements were updated. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Availability
Download
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9210 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Publications
  • Hester, Tom. Correctional Populations in the United States, 1986. NCJ 111611, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1989.
    • ID: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cpus86.pdf (URL)
  • Greenfeld, Lawrence A.. Capital punishment, 1987. Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin.NCJ 111939, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1988.
    • ID: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cp87.pdf (URL)
  • Debro, Julius, Mury, Komanduri, Roebuck, Julian, McCann, Claude. Death row inmates: A comparison of Georgia and Florida profiles. Criminal Justice Review.12, (1), 41-47.1987.
    • ID: 10.1177/073401688701200107 (DOI)
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics. Capital Punishment 1982. NCJ 91533, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1984.
    • ID: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cp82nps.pdf (URL)
  • Cantwell, Mimi. Capital Punishment, 1982. Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin.NCJ 89395, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1983.
    • ID: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/cp82.pdf (URL)
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics. Capital Punishment, 1981. National Prisoner Statistics Report.NCJ 86484, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1982.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (1989): Capital Punishment in the United States, 1973-1987. Version 1. Capital Punishment in the United States Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09210.v1